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Blair Kamin

Blair Kamin
Born Red Bank, New Jersey
Occupation Chicago Tribune architecture critic
Notable credit(s) 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
Spouse(s) Barbara A. Mahany
Children Ted Kamin 12 Will Kamin 21

Blair Kamin is the Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic of the [2] He has received numerous other honors, authored books and lectured widely.

Background

Born in Red Bank, New Jersey, Kamin is a graduate of Amherst College, from which he received a Bachelor of Arts with honors in 1979, and the Yale University School of Architecture, from which he received a Master of Environmental Design in 1984.[1] He holds honorary degrees from Monmouth University and North Central College, the latter of which where he also serves as an adjunct professor of art.

Prior to being the architecture critic for the Chicago Tribune, he served as its culture and suburban reporter from 1987 to 1992. He also served as reporter and architecture writer for The Des Moines Register from 1984 to 1987.[1] He had once worked as an office clerk for a San Francisco interior design and architecture firm.[1] He has lectured in forums such as American Institute of Architects' National Convention, the annual meeting of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy, the Ravinia Festival and Steppenwolf Theatre.[3] He has discussed architecture on programs ranging from ABC's Nightline, History Channel, National Public Radio to WTTW-Ch. 11's Chicago Tonight.[3][4] In 2001, the University of Chicago Press published "Why Architecture Matters: Lessons from Chicago," a collection of his Chicago Tribune columns. In 2010, the University of Chicago Press published "Terror and Wonder: Architecture In a Tumultuous Age," a collection of Kamin's columns from the Tribune and other publications.[5] Kamin also wrote the commentaries for "Tribune Tower: American Landmark," a guide to the newspaper's neo-Gothic Tribune Tower skyscraper published in 2000.[6]

Kamin cites as his influences Paul Gapp, Paul Goldberger, Lois Wagner Green, Ada Louise Huxtable, Vincent Scully, Allan Temko, and Joel Upton.[1] In 1999 he was a visiting fellow at the Franke Institute for the Humanities at the University of Chicago.[3] Kamin's wife is Tribune reporter Barbara Mahany and they have two sons Ted and Will who are both athletes.[3]

Awards

Published in 1998, Kamin’s six-part series, “Reinventing the Lakefront” shed light on numerous problems along the city's shoreline, such as the disparity between lakefront parks bordered by largely white and affluent areas on Chicago's North Side and those lined by black and poor neighborhoods on the city's South Side. Following the publication of the deeply reported essays, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Park District authorized comprehensive plans for four of Chicago’s seven lakefront parks, an area of nearly 2,000 acres and more than 10 miles of shoreline. In addition, the city altered its plan for a former U.S. Steel site on the far south lakefront, bringing the total area affected by the series to almost 2,500 acres and 12 miles of shoreline.[7]

Kamin's 1999 Pulitzer entry in criticism consisted of four parts of the six-part lakefront series, plus six other works of criticism on subjects ranging from the renovation of the North Michigan Avenue Marriott Hotel to an addition to Chicago's [2]

Kamin is the recipient of more than 30 awards. Among his other honors are the George Polk Award for Criticism (1996),[3] the American Institute of Architects' Institute Honor for Collaborative Achievement (1999)[3] and the AIA's Presidential Citation, conferred in 2004.[4] Kamin was part of the collaborative team that won the 2003 National Magazine Award for General Excellence for the Architectural Record.[4] He has twice served as a Pulitzer Prize juror.

Selected works

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e Kamin, Blair (1998-05-31). "An Activist Critic and The Inescapable Art Series: The Art of Criticism. Part 3: Architecture".  
  2. ^ a b c http://www.pulitzer.org
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Blair Kamin". pulitzer.org. Retrieved 2010-07-13. 
  4. ^ a b c "About Blair Kamin".  
  5. ^ http://www.press.uchicago.edu
  6. ^ http://www.amazon.com
  7. ^ Chicago Tribune reprint of lakefront series
  8. ^ Von Drehle, David (1999-04-13). "Post Wins Pulitzer for Police Series".  
  9. ^ a b Miner, Michael (1999-04-22). "The Wandering Pulitzer".  

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